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Eleven Seconds of Glow Sticks

Eleven Seconds of Glow Sticks

Yesterday, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry (the man responsible for safeguarding the US nuclear arsenal) wrote an op-ed for the Houston Chronicle.

The topic: the unfair outcome of a student government election on the Texas A&M campus. Sec. Perry expresses concern that the university's first openly gay student government president won in a "quest for 'diversity'."

Here's an excerpt [emphasis added to, well, the entire excerpt]: “The desire of the electorate is overturned, and thousands of student votes are disqualified because of free glow sticks that appeared for 11 seconds of a months-long campaign.”

We're desperate to know how many times the Chronicle's editors called the Department of Energy to re-confirm that it really was Sec. Perry who authored the piece.

 Source:  Giphy

Source:  Giphy

How to help our Secretary of Energy refocus his energy

First things first ...

Congratulate Bobby Brooks on his election as Texas A&M student body president.

Donate to the The GLBT Endowment at Texas A&M UniversityThe endowment is a permanent funding source "to support GLBT programming, events, resources, and scholarships for students." It was established in 2010 on the 25th anniversary of LGBT recognition on the Texas A&M campus.

Then ...

Contact the US Department of Energy at 202.586.5000 or The.Secretary@hq.doe.gov and say something like this: "I urge Secretary Perry to focus on official duties like leading the nation's nuclear weapons program, nuclear reactor production for the United States Navy, energy conservation, energy-related research, radioactive waste disposal, domestic energy production, and the Human Genome Project."

Mark Your Calendars

Mark Your Calendars

Say His Name:  Timothy Caughman

Say His Name: Timothy Caughman